Raymond Bailey





5/6/1904 , San Francisco, California, USA



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Raymond Bailey
(1904 - 1980)
Raymond Bailey was quite adept at portraying one of America's most serious problems and diseases, corporate greed, and giving it a comic twist. He and David White were masters at playing the greedy executive. He was tall, silver-haired, with a well-groomed mustache, sneaky eyes and the look of an executive type. He was born in San Francisco, California on May 6, 1904. Although he tried acting in junior high school, he aspired to be an executive or businessman until at age 19, he worked in a bank for a time and decided it was not the life for him. He headed for Hollywood to try the motion picture business. He worked for a time as a laborer at a movie studio, in the Silent days, and was fired for attempting to join a mob scene being filmed. He tried a stage career in New York but with no great success he scrapped those plans and spent a few years as a mess boy, deckhand and quartermaster on a freighter traveling the world by sea. Later after a stint with some stock theatre companies his acting career took off. He made his film debut in "Women in the Wind" (1939) uncredited as an Attendant. His other film credits included: "The Roaring Twenties" (1939) as Second Ex-Con; "Hell's Kitchen" (1939) as Whitey; "The Green Hornet" (1939) a serial, as Mr. West; "The Island of Doomed Men" (1940) uncredited as Mystery Man; "Black Friday" (1940) as Louis DeVore; "The Male Animal" (1942) as Newsman; "Mystery of Marie Roget" (1942) as Gendarme; "Tarantula" (1955) as Dr. Townsend; "Picnic" (1955) as Mr. Benson; "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" (1955) as Judge Fitzgerald; "The Great American Pastime" (1956) as George Carruthers; "Congo Crossing" (1956) as Peter Mannering; the film classic "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957) as Dr. Thomas Silver; "Band of Angels" (1957) as Stuart; Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958) as Scottie's Doctor; "I Want to Live!" (1958) as San Quentin Warden; "Lafayette Escadrille" (1958) as Mr. Walker; "No Time for Sergeants" (1958) as Colonel; "Al Capone" (1959) as Lawyer Brancato; "The Gallant Hours" (1960) as Maj. Gen. Archer Vandergrift; "Wake Me When It's Over" (1960) as Gen. Weigang; "From the Terrace" (1960) as Mr. St. John; "The Absent Minded Professor" (1961) as Adm. Olmstead; "Five Weeks in a Balloon" (1962) as Randolph; "The Strongest Man in the World" (1975) as Regent Evans, his last film. He was a regular on the TV series: "Texas John Slaughter" (1958); "My Sister Eileen" (1960-61) as Mr. Beaumont and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962-71) as Milburn Drysdale, probably his best known role. He also guest starred on such series as: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"; "Gunsmoke"; "Yancey Derringer"; "The Rifleman"; "Perry Mason"; "Black Saddle"; "Bronco"; "The Untouchables"; "Twilight Zone" and "Wagon Train." He was married to Gaby George until his death. He died of a heart attack on April 15, 1980 in Irvine, California at age 75.